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Iran holds funeral for nuclear scientist

Mojtaba Heidari / Mehr News Agency via AP

Iranians on Jan. 13, 2012 carry the flag draped coffin of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan , a chemistry expert and a director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran, who was killed in a brazen daylight assassination when two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to his car Wednesday in Tehran. Thousands of mourners chanted "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" on Friday during the funeral of the slain nuclear expert whom Iranian officials accuse the two nations of killing in a bomb blast this week as part of a secret operation to stop Iran's nuclear program.

Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters

Worshippers carry portraits of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, who was killed in a bomb blast in Tehran on Jan. 11, during his funeral after Friday prayers in Tehran Jan. 13.

Reuters reports:

The Tehran funeral on Friday of a nuclear scientist blown up by a hitman saw the ruling clergy urge Iranians to rally behind it at a forthcoming election and face down Western threats against Iran's nuclear program.

In a mood of high emotion in a city increasingly beset by U.S. and European sanctions and fears of war with Israel and the West, hundreds of chanting mourners carried the flag-draped coffin of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, killed Wednesday by a motorcycle assassin in rush-hour traffic.

"Death to America! Death to Israel!" roared the crowd streaming away from weekly prayers at Tehran University, where the dead man was hailed as a martyr in the tradition of Imam Hussein, a revered figure for Iran's Shi'ite branch of Islam.

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